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Itís that time of year again. The sun is out, the UV is cranking and the sound of bored little ones is ringing in the ears of every parent. Perth summers are notorious for sweltering heat that few are able to brave.
As a parent, I know the pain of trying to find something to keep little minds amused while the sun sizzles everything it touches outside. Thanks to a few Perth locations you can now beat the heat this summer and save your sanity.
Rainbow Waters Playground Ellenbrook
Located in the North Eastern suburbs of Perth, Rainbow Water Playground is open September- May from 9am to 7pm daily. Suitable for children big and small, Rainbow Waters Playground is a popular choice amongst young families. With flat, rubber surfaces and no pools of water, this is the ideal water park for those that may be apprehensive of bodies of water.
Surrounded by grass with a small number of shade sails, it is not uncommon to see families sitting with picnics. However, limited shade means the ideal time to visit is early morning or late evening and Slip, Slop, Slap is strongly advised.
Designed to be water conservative, there is a clear notice to say that the water is recycled; pipe structures deliver the water through showers and sprinkler type motions. Just a word of caution, the water park is not fenced so a close eye is needed on little ones; if youíre taking more than one child Iíd suggest taking an extra set of adult eyes as well.
Location: Lot 5519 Library Ave, Ellenbrook
Opening hours: September to May from 9am to 7pm daily.
World renowned Kings Park has numerous activity areas to keep the kiddies amused and in the shade this summer. Located on the edge of the Perth CBD, it provides a nice change from the hustle and bustle of the area.
The Rio Tinto Naturescape takes your little ones back to nature. Your child can explore the area, walk the creek bed and get back in touch with their inner dirt freak. Remember a hat and a water bottle are a must to stay cool and hydrated.
If youíre after something a little cleaner the Lottery West Family Area encompasses Hale Oval, an open area families can relax in or kick a ball around, Stickybeaks Cafť which has a fenced playground attached, and the Ivey Watson Playground if you would prefer something suited for smaller children. Most areas of Kings Park have free electric barbeques for use by the public and toilet amenities.
For the adults looking to experience something interesting Kings Park is also home to several war memorials you are able to wander in and around.
Parking can be hard to find, particularly on public holidays or event days, so please remember patience and give yourself plenty of time.
Location: Perth, WA
Cost: Free. Purchases can be made from the cafes located on site. Individual prices are subject to cafe discretion.
Situated in the Swan Valley, Whiteman Park is a popular family and tourist attraction. Boasting plenty of trail walks, expansive picnic areas, barbeques, shelters (you can pre-reserve), naturally shaded areas and a kiddie pool, it isnít hard to see how it gained its popularity.
True to its roots as a conservation site, kangaroos roam freely across the grass and bush areas. Visitors are encouraged to view but not interfere with the native life and are reminded that with the summer heat now here, the area is also home to snakes that are awake and on the move.
Home to Caversham Wildlife Park (entry fee required), Whiteman Park also hosts a number of automobile events, bird of prey displays and kiddie days with characters such as Thomas The Tank.
For a small fee, a tram runs through the park stopping at a small number of locations. Perfect for sight-seeing with little ones whose legs just canít do the distance.
With several open water areas and large scrubs areas, parental supervision is required at all times.
Location: Entry is open from Lord Street and Beechboro Road, Whiteman.
Hours: Gates open at 8:30am and close at 6:00pm
If you donít mind paying an entry fee you can pack yourself a picnic, slip slop slap and head your way out for a day of water fun. Located in the Southern suburb of Bibra Lake, Adventure World has become an iconic, rite of passage location for generations of Perthites.
With popular rides such as the Abyss, the Rampage, Kahuna Falls and a genuine Wildlife experience where you can cuddle a koala, itís easy to see how the park has kept its reputation and public appeal for so many years.
While not every ride is suitable for each age range, there is something for everyone to experience. For the young ones more subdued activities are available and for those just looking to sit themselves down for the day there is plenty of grass area to spread yourself out on.
Location: 351 Progress Drive, Bibra Lake.
Cost: Varying packages and passes are available. All rides are included in the ticket price. Ticket prices can be viewed here Hours: Vary and can be found here and are seasonal. The park is only open during September to April.
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